Paganini plus Spain, Tangos, and more!

Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA

This Friday night, June 15, 6:30-8:30pm Gaia’s Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa http://www.gaiasgardenonline.com/

Duo Giuliani Terry Mills, guitar Richard Heinberg, violin

Terry and Richard return to Gaia’s Garden Restaurant with a pair of sonatas by Nicolo Paganini, tangos, Spanish pieces, and standards from the great American songbook.

Paganini is mainly known for his Caprices and Concerti for violin, which explored the technical limits of the instrument. Paganini was also a fine guitarist; indeed, he wrote over three dozen sonatas and other pieces for violin and guitar, but nothing for violin and piano (the more customary pairing). These compositions typically feature a beautiful and melodious slow movement followed by an exciting, dash-to-the-end fast movement--with the violin delivering the bulk of the pyrotechnics. The one exception is the Sonata Concertata (performed Friday), the first of Paganini's compositions for violin and guitar, which is in standard sonata format (three movements) and gives both instruments equal opportunity to shine.

No cover, good (reasonably priced) food and drinks…and a delightful evening of music! Tell your friends!